Tuesday, December 16, 2003


    A top Vatican (news - web sites) official said Tuesday he felt pity and compassion for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and criticized the U.S. military for showing video footage of him being treated "like a cow."

    Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Justice and Peace department and a former papal envoy to the United Nations (news - web sites), told a news conference it would be "illusory" to think the arrest of the former Iraqi president would heal all the damage caused by a war which the Holy See opposed.

    "I felt pity to see this man destroyed, (the military) looking at his teeth as if he were a cow. They could have spared us these pictures," he said.

    "Seeing him like this, a man in his tragedy, despite all the heavy blame he bears, I had a sense of compassion for him," he said in answer to questions about Saddam's arrest.

Quick question: What the hell dentist does the cardinal go to, that footage of a murderous kleptocratic ex-dictator getting free dental care -- as opposed to being given some face time with the fathers and brothers of Uday and Qusay's rape victims, say -- equals treating him "as if he were a cow"? Does his dentist have a cow fetish or something?


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